Hammer Chase is a team time trial with a twist

Overview

The Hammer Series race format is designed to give the best pro cycling teams a unique platform on which to prove who is best across the board: from sprinting and climbing through to team time trialling.

Every Hammer Series event includes three challenges across three consecutive days: the Hammer Sprint, Hammer Climb and Hammer Chase.

The Sprint and Climb contribute to the team’s points total before the ultimate challenge: the Hammer Chase, where the ultimate winner is the first team over the line.

Each day, five riders from each seven-rider squad are selected, so teams can field their strongest sprinters for the Hammer Sprint, best climbers for the Hammer Climb, and best team time triallists for the Hammer Chase.

IT’S TEAM VERSUS TEAM ACROSS MULTIPLE DAYS, WHERE ONLY 1 CAN WIN

Day 1

The Hammer Climb is a points race taking place over 11 laps of a 7km course containing two climbs. The start/finish is positioned just after the top of the second climb and points will be awarded to the first 10 teams to get a rider across the line at the end of each lap. Double points are available on laps three, seven and 11. The winners of the race will be the team with the most points, and the top 10 will all receive bonus seconds – descending from 15 seconds for first place to one second for 10th. These will contribute to each team’s starting position in the Hammer Chase on Day 3.

Day 2

The Hammer Sprint is another points race, this time taking place over eight laps of a flat, 12.4km circuit. Once again, points will be awarded to the first 10 teams to get a rider over the line at the end of each lap, with double points on offer on laps two, five and eight. The race winners will be the team with the most points, and the top 10 will again receive descending bonus seconds that will contribute to their starting position in the Hammer Chase on Day 3.

Day 3

After both point race Days comes the decider: the Hammer Chase, a 50km team time trial with a twist. Teams start in the same order as the leaderboard after the first two days of racing, with the leading team going off first. After a fixed time period, they’re then chased by the second placed team, who are in turn shortly pursued by the third placed team and so on to deliver a gripping chase to the line; the time gaps between teams are based on fixed time gaps per position and bonus time gained during Days 1 and 2.

In the Hammer Chase, whichever team crosses the line first secures the Hammer Race victory, earning points towards the Hammer Series. The overall winner at the end of the Hammer Series earns the ultimate bragging rights as the best team in the world: Cycling’s Superteam. Proven.

The Format At A Glance

Day 1: Hammer Climb
  • A two-hour pain-fest you can’t keep your eyes off.
  • Each team’s chosen five riders take on a multi-lap challenge of a course with a punishing hill-top finish line. Total elevation, average and maximum gradients and climb lengths will vary from race to race, but all will test the world’s strongest climbing teams.
  • Points are awarded to the teams of the top 10 riders to cross the line at the end of each lap.
  • Double points may be awarded on certain laps.
  • Bonus time gaps are awarded per position after Day 1, which count toward the starting time gaps for the Hammer Chase.
Day 2: Hammer Sprint
  • Two hours of blistering entertainment.
  • Each team’s chosen five riders ride multiple laps of a mostly flat circuit.
  • Points are awarded to the teams of the top 10 riders to cross the line at the end of each lap.
  • Double points may be awarded on certain laps.
  • Bonus time gaps awarded per position after Day 2, which count toward the starting time gaps on Day 3.

 

Day 3: Hammer Chase
  • The Hammer Chase is a team pursuit on time trial bikes.
  • Each team chooses five riders to tackle a course of between 40km and 50km, with the clock stopping when their fourth rider crosses the finish line.
  • Leaderboards from the Hammer Climb and Hammer Sprint are aggregated to determine the starting position for the Hammer Chase.
  • Teams set off in order of their ranking from the first two days. The leading team goes first, and the last team goes last. Fixed time gaps between positions are adjusted based on time bonuses teams won during the first two days.
  • All teams must stay in their own formation – no drafting other teams.
  • The first team over the finish line wins the title.

* Host cities and franchise partners may choose to swap the Hammer Sprint and Hammer Climb days.

** Exact number and distance of laps will vary from one race to race, to create the most challenging course and most exciting spectacle based on local topography.